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Friday, July 2, 2004

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Carlisle Middle School baseball

With sixteen talented players, including twelve eighth graders, the Carlisle Middle School baseball team dominated play in the Nashoba Valley League this spring. The team finished 10—0, averaging 14 runs a game, while limiting their opponents to a total of only 19 runs for the season.

Carlisle was led by outstanding pitching from David Grean (4—0), Parker Schweer (3—0), Grant McCandless (2—0), Greg Moseley (1—0), and the consistent hitting of Devon Dray and Brendon Hedblom who led the team in most offensive categories.

The season began with a sparkling combination of excellent pitching and timely hitting. Solid victories over Hanscom (15—3), Parker (32—0), and Lincoln (15—1), were followed by a classic pitcher's duel against Diamond Middle School of Lexington. Grean worked a complete game shutout, striking out four and allowing only two base runners in the game. Carlisle's defense was superb, recording seventeen putouts in the field without an error. Hedblom and Dray both smashed doubles and scored runs in the 3—0 gem of a game.

In perhaps the best-played game of the season by both teams, Grean and McCandless combined to strike out 11 batters in an 8—4 win at Lincoln. After Lincoln's clean-up hitter homered to left, giving them a 2—0 lead, Schweer blasted a two-strike pitch to the woods in right field and legged it out for a home run, tying the game. Following a walk to Jason Mestancik and a single by Justin Higgins, catcher Hedblom lifted a drive high over the head of the left fielder for a dramatic three-run homer.

Lincoln fought back, scoring two more runs and things began to look bleak when pitcher Grean came down with a sore arm and had to leave the game. Seventh-grade lefty McCandless was brought in with the bases loaded and no outs. He faced Lincoln's best hitter, who had earlier homered and struck him out on a high fastball. After getting the next batter to look at a called third strike, he induced a ground ball to Lou at second base for the final out, ending Lincoln's rally.

The Huskies continued to roll, capping the season with a string of well-played wins over Hanscom 20—4 (Jon Levine 3 for 3, 3 doubles, 3 RBI's), Parker 16—2 (Dan Gentile 3 for 3, 2 RBI's; Lou 2 for 4), and Lincoln 11—3 (Marty Spears 2 for 3).

Hard-throwing eighth-grade right-handers Grean and Moseley, crafty lefty Parker Schweer and McCandless carried the pitching load. Hedblom (.440) was an outstanding catcher and clutch hitter for the team all season. At first base, Spears (.500) and McCandless (.214) were steady sure-handed performers. Smooth-fielding Lou (.385) and LaLiberte (.400) handled second base. Higgins (.333) and Jesse Pearlman (.308) provided great middle defense at shortstop. Levine (.294) and Moseley (.333) displayed their strong arms from the hot corner.

Two players who could really cover some ground blanketed centerfield for Carlisle. Dray (.550) and Verrill (.308) were a pitcher's best friend. Speedy Mestancik (.316) and solid-hitting Gentile (.429) cruised left field while Grean (.375) and Schweer (.222) and Trebino (.555) patrolled right field for the Huskies

Every team needs a good manager. Sixth-grader Alex Daniels did a wonderful job this season and the whole team is extremely grateful.


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